After Thor and Hulk battle it out, the two will team up to find Thor's missing father, Odin. According to Waititi, the search will basically be a superhero road trip, giving a chance for both Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo to show off their comedic abilities while drawing inspiration from some pretty famous movies, including 48 Hrs., Withnail and I, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
However, Waititi says that the movie that matches it the closest (and the film he used when he pitched his idea for Ragnarok) is Kurt Russell's Big Trouble in Little China. "Big Trouble in Little China was one of those films where Jack Burton is a buffoon but he's lovable and you're with him the entire way," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I thought Thor has got to be the one you want to be with in every scene." It won't just be Thor showing off on the road trip though — the plot will also give a chance for Bruce Banner to shine more than he has previously in the MCU, with Ruffalo saying he will be "much more of a character than the green rage machine you've seen in the Avengers movies … He's got a swagger," he added. "He's like a god."
A superhero road trip may sound like a ridiculous concept, but it actually played out pretty well in one recent, wildly popular blockbuster: Logan. Director James Mangold said he pitched the movie as Little Miss Sunshine with Wolverine, and, although his movie was (literally) a lot more grounded, the idea clearly has legs. Even though Ragnarok's road trip is likely to be a lot more celestial, it can still hopefully draw on many of the same familiar-yet-superhero-ified tropes that ended up making Logan so great.